NZ Bishops – live more simply and reach out to others at Christmas

New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops have challenged people to live more simply this Christmas and find ways to share what they have with neighbours, friends and those in need.

“Our preparation for Christmas in the season of Advent is a time of waiting for a child who was born in poverty, in a stable because there was no place that would take in his family,” says Archbishop John Dew, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.

“For some New Zealanders, Christmas is becoming a time of over-consumption, while for others it is a time of great stress and anxiety to meet their basic necessities. It would be good if all of us could think about how we can live a bit more simply this Christmas and, wherever possible, reach out to someone who might be struggling even just a bit more than we are ourselves.”

Archbishop John says there are many ways that people could assist others, from donating to a food bank or soup kitchen, to giving food as a Christmas gift to neighbours or friends, or inviting someone over for a meal.




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